• Sarah Campbell

End of an episode

The tidal wave of orders which began accumulating in August and peaked in October have now subsided. I can finally stop paddling like a panicked dog and can now pant, relieved, on the shore…as it were.

Saying that, the last three days have been full, but in a peaceful and civilized kind of way.

I’ve been designing very large blinds for my wonderful client, Mia. Her taste is for simple, clean lines, leaves and cream, natural wool. We make a pretty ideal match. I have worked on various projects for Mia over the years including blinds and kyoto sliding panels for her Swedish summer house  and custom pillows and throws for the London residence and it is always a pleasure when she gets in touch.


Sample boards with blind design options

Sample boards with blind design options


The first stage of the design process is usually a telephone call where vague ideas are discussed followed by a few emails where we start to hone in on the details. That is usually followed by sample boards where the client can glean a better perspective of the final design in a drawing and the feel and look of the fabric.

Sample boards have been sent to Mia and I will wait and see where it goes from here.

With design on the brain I spent the afternoon working on a few more birdies…this time ones to hang from the Christmas tree or Easter branch.


A few sketches to firm up on shapes

A few sketches to firm up on shapes



re drawn on cardboard and cut into templates

re drawn on cardboard and cut into templates



and embroidered on to felt off cuts

and embroidered on to felt off cuts


And creativity continued with a metalic silver pen and red wine at the craft night. Bird theme continued with ‘…geese a laying’ Xmas cards x 55!


Guess who was making most of the mess?

Guess who's making most of the mess?



but it was worth it  x 55!

Goose with a sore behind!


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